Grailer is a child prodigy, able to reach the forbidden Fourth Literacy with his computer access. At the age of nine he is rescued and trained by a variety of strange characters before the dreaded CIRCE agents can kill him. But once grown, he must eventually face his fate.
I really expected to like this book, given the other John Ford novels I've read and enjoyed. But I just couldn't get into it. Set in an unpleasant high-tech interstellar civilisation, where decadent long-lived humans seem to have nothing better to do than dress up, play games, and kill each other, it is told in a particular flowery elliptical fractured style that I find unrewarding to read. So I gave up at the end of chapter 6. (However, I did appreciate the fact that a plausible mechanism was put in place to allow the VR Hounds to kill a hacker through a computer terminal.)
An excellent rites of passage novel, set on the moon, spoilt for me only by the fact that I didn't understand the ending.
A superior Star Trek novel, with ST:TOS characters appearing only in cameo, focusing on Klingons (before they were good guys).
The inhabitants of a planet rich in Dilithium wants neither the Federation nor the Klingons, so resorts to rather original tactics to discourage them. That notorious Star Trek novel of Gilbert and Sullivan slapstick.